WIRES: Drought, land clearing and shooting to blame for flood of wildlife, WIRES say

THE drought, land clearing and commercial kangaroo shooting are having an impact on the high numbers of wildlife seen in urban areas, a wildlife carers group says.

WIRES Central West volunteers have received more call outs to injured animals on the region's road during the past 12 months than they have the during the last 10 years.

Queenie Green has been a wildlife carer for 23 years and she said she has never seen it as bad.

"It's the continuing drought, but it's also the increased loss of habitat," she said.

"Also, as soon as a commercial shooter goes out onto land to harvest, the kangaroos just flea."

The result, she said, often ends in kangaroos fleeing across roadways and being hit by vehicles.

CITY LIFE: The number of kangaroos have increased at Charles Sturt University's Bathurst campus. Photo: MURRAY NICHOLLS 091319nmroos1

CITY LIFE: The number of kangaroos have increased at Charles Sturt University's Bathurst campus. Photo: MURRAY NICHOLLS 091319nmroos1

Kangaroos are not just bounding across the region's roads, they have also become long-term residents in Charles Sturt University (CSU) campuses in Bathurst, Dubbo and Orange.

A CSU spokesman said the number of kangaroos have increased on the Bathurst campus in recent times.

"They are seeking greener pastures," he said.

On Tuesday morning, a CSU student reported seeing up to 50 kangaroos in one part of the Bathurst campus.

The CSU spokesman said despite the increased number of roos there had been no reports of "negative encounters between humans and kangaroos".

In the Lithgow area, kangaroos are also regularly seen lazing on the grass at Endeavour Oval and recently five were killed at Marrangaroo National Park.

"We've also come across them shot by arrows and bullets at Marrangaroo [National Park] and also Lithgow Golf Club," Ms Green said.

At each call out to an injured animal, WIRES volunteers will check inside the kangaroos or wombat's pouch for a joey or if one is in close proximity.

"Please slow down around kangaroo hot spots and if you see a kangaroo on the side of the road and it looks like it's only recently been hit, then call WIRES," Ms Green said.

Call WIRES Central West on 1300 094 737.

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